Welcome to the DPB Lab!

The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


Latest news
  • Group meetings in times of Corona
    In the coming weeks our lab is meeting digitally instead of in person. Working at home and social distancing make these digital meetings special moments for social contact and hearing how everybody is doing, as well as for sharing…
  • What can I expect from a daycare center?
    Interview NRC “Our nine-month-old daughter goes to daycare for four days a week. We have found a place that offers high-quality care, but I have some extra wishes. For example, I want the teachers to give her the breast…
  • Invest in the first years of development
    Interview Telegraaf When parental leave ends, many children go to daycare. Sometimes mothers feel guilty about leaving their young baby at daycare. Carolina de Weerth was interviewed by the Telegraaf about this topic. Interested in reading the whole article?…
  • 3B study has started!
    3B Study has started! We are very happy to announce the start of a new project: the 3B study (Baby, Breastfeeding, and Back-2-work). We will investigate the well-being of mothers returning to work, and whether their well-being can predict…